Gabriel De La Rosa

Stories about Nature | Science Writing | Multimedia Storytelling

I'd rather be outside.

I tell stories that come from spending a lot of time outdoors. I mainly write about ecology, the science of looking closely at nature, sometimes for a very long time. I've also written about surfing and climbing, the two hobbies that got me out in fresh air in the first place. Somewhere along the way, I picked up a camera to tell stories without any words at all.

On any given day, my day job as the science communication officer at the Long-Term Ecological Research Network plugs me in to soil biogeochemistry in Antarctica, urban forestry in Baltimore, or kelp forest community structure in Santa Barbara. I love to connect with people who use their time outdoors to learn how the natural world works.

I also help edit Summit Journal, a print only climbing magazine. My photos have appeared on high profile surfing and climbing websites. And, I do a bit of freelance storytelling work for brands in the environmental and outdoor space.

Got a good story? Drop me a line and we can figure out how best to tell it.

Want to see more work?

Read a story about how the Andrews Forest LTER uses technology to understand how a forest functions. Words and photographs by me.

Read a personal essay about climbing, from a much younger version of me.

Visit my photo website, and see how I capture the natural spaces I love and the activities that take me there, from science to surfing.


Digital Communications Officer

Long-Term Ecological Research Network | August 2021-Present

Seaweed Aquaculture Spatial Analyst

Gaines Lab, UCSB | June 2020-August 2021

Alpine Lakes Field Researcher

Sadro Lab, UC Davis | Summer 2018


Masters in Environmental Science & Management

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management | Received June 2022

Bachelor of Arts. Major: Molecular & Cellular Biology

Colorado College | June 2016